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America's Ideal Piece of History
on 21 August 2000
Too often classified as Crosby, Stills and Nash wannabes, America had a lot to offer in their own right and this compilation of their work from 1972 to 1976 is an ideal starter for anyone who wants to get with their catchy, acoustic, harmonic style. The best known track, "Horse With No Name" was written several years before it hit and is an early ecology anthem. The band's only UK top 10 hit, it is still enduring and a staple for oldies playlists. "Ventura Highway" although not as big a hit is a song that lyrically works on many levels and has even been treatised on the Internet. A criticism of America is that their acoustic approach meant so many tracks sounded the same, but if you listen to the slow piano driven, "I Need You", the country influenced, "Don't Cross The River", the MOR treatment on "Muskrat Love" and the upbeat "Woman Tonight", then you will know that you are getting an album of variety and quality. A 5 star album all the way.